New App: Year in Pixels

This month a new app joined the Valley Software stables on Windows 10, Xbox and Mixed Reality.

Year in Pixels is a take on the popular diary technique of ‘Pixel Journals’ with a modern Windows 10 design and feel.

At it’s heart; Year in Pixels is a year calendar broken up into a grid appearance of Months down the side and days along the top.

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You can colour each ‘Pixel’ (Cell) to mark something about that day. It is regularly used to track mood and emotions in a fast, simple way without any onerous typing or text. By removing this requirement it becomes really easy to record regardless of feeling or even being busy.

Another common use is the daily tick sheet to record doing a certain activity each day.

The beauty of this method is in:

  • It’s visually appealing.
  • Fast to enter.
  • Ease of spotting patterns, warning signs or achievements as they arise.

I have also tried something different with the monetisation. Rather than make it paid with trial it is FREE with ad support. The further options, and removing ads are individual IAP to purchase cheaply in the app so you can customise only what you need. Alternatively I have also included an ‘bundle’ IAP which gives you all the IAP for a lower combined price.

Get it now from Microsoft Store and let me know what you think!


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As an added bonus : here are free codes to unlock the Patterns and OneDrive capabilities for the first 200 people!

Free Patterns In App Purchase unlock

Free OneDrive In App Purchase unlock

Punt version 1.00.05

The new version of Punt for Product Hunt is complete and heading into the store.

This version is for Windows 10 Creators and newer (You are running Creators update, aren’t you?)

Cool features and eye candy both in abundance in this release:

  • Toggle Post List order (most recent / newest, etc.)
  • Select Date for Post List.
  • Add Animated Transitions.
  • Make Header Transparent Acrylic.
  • Make Hamburger Overlay Acrylic.
  • App Backgrounds Acrylic.
  • Move User profile into Post List header for better space use on Mobile.

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Sun sets on two apps

There comes a time when some apps simply haven’t had the reception you might have liked.

In this case, it is for Screen Stitch and Background Studio.

Screen Stitch started well and was created to fill a gap in the store offerings.  Since then it has been surpassed by other products and even with a significant re-write recently to use OCR instead of image scanning which made it instantaneous; it had lost that momentum.  This is OK; as like I say there is a really good set of products available now in store.

Background Studio is a little different; I created this in my spare time as I didn’t like the limitations around setting backgrounds on Windows Mobile.  It was really an app for my personal use that I decided to release and see if anyone wanted it.  Short version; they didn’t!

So with the time required for other projects I have decided to walk these two apps into the sunset.  They will be removed from the store over the next 24 hours.

We look forward to utilizing the time captured from this move to continue development on Simple PoS, Chains, Thought Valley, Voyer for 4chan, Charged, and Punt for Product Hunt as well as other new products.

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Punt for Product Hunt is live!

Today is two weeks since I started a little side project to bring Product Hunt to the Windows Store.

And today I am proud to announce that it is available right now!

Punt for Product Hunt is a UWP app using the Product Hunt API; no web wrappers or W32 ports here.

You can browse anonymously, or sign in using your Product Hunt account for a personalized experience.  Punt supports Twitter, Facebook and other sign in methods used by Product Hunt.

You can see posts, the users who made them and media including Still Images, GIF and YouTube Videos natively from within the app.

Full comment threads are also available posts, again including the user names and avatars.

The More Info links which take you to the products own web site are included for your convenience.

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There is much more to come in this app in the future, as it is brand new, but please take a look and post any suggestions using the built in Feedback support or here on


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